“Two Crooked River Ranch residents awakened by smoke alarms were able to escape their burning home Tuesday morning, and firefighters found and rescued two cats, also unharmed, officials said.
The first fire engine to arrive at the double-wide manufactured around 7:30 a.m. found heavy smoke coming from the home, Assistant Fire Chief Sean Hartley said.
The six career and 10 volunteer firefighters were able to put out the fire, limiting its spread to the rest of the home.
Hartley said they checked for extension to other areas of the home and found none, but the Red Cross was called in to help the residents, due to smoke damage and power being shut off to the home.
The main living area sustained only smoke damage because the homeowner closed the door to the enclosed porch, where the fire was burning, before safely getting out.
The fire’s probable cause was determined to be improper disposal of smoking materials, Hartley said. Losses were estimated at $20,000 to the home and $5,000 worth of contents.”